Unlike child support which is very objective and calculate with a state-created calculator, alimony is extremely subjective and the state does not use a calculator to determine how much alimony should be paid, if any.
Instead of using a calculator the judge has discretion to consider several different factors including but not limited to (1) the financial stability and need of both parties, (2) both parties abilities to earn income, (3) both parties past work and educational training and experience. The judge may also consider both parties monthly expenses.
The obligated spouse will usually not have to pay alimony for a period of time longer than the time the marriage lasted. For example, if the parties were married for 5 years then the longest the obligated spouse would have to pay alimony for would be 5 years.
Do not make the mistake of agreeing to pay alimony just to make your divorce end sooner or to avoid conflict with your spouse. Contact us today, we will explain to you your rights regarding alimony and we will fight for your case!